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Diamine Red Dragon

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#1 LostInBrittany


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Posted 16 July 2012 - 12:38

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I discovered this color in a postcard from a fellow FPNer. I was looking for a new red, as I was tired of Monaco Red (also from Diamine), and Diamine Dragon Red looked way more vibrant on paper than in online swab pics.

I ordered a bottle from Cult Pens (no affiliation, only a happy customer), and when I received the bottle I loaded my spare Lamy Vista with it, and I began to write.

I was charmed, it's truly a beautiful color, with generous flow, rather saturated but with some nice shading. A great ink for me!

Ink review - Diamine Red Dragon

It's a very generous ink, with good flow, but that generates show-through and some feathering and bleed-through on cheap paper. On standard office paper feathering is minimal, as bleed-through, but show-through makes of Diamine Red Dragon a one side only ink on this paper.

The ink isn't waterproof at all, as you can see in bottom right corner. The corner itself was submerged in water for 30 seconds, and the grid motif was splashed with water drops.

I have to test it with a dryer nib, maybe my Arimail 44, and with an italic or stub nib. I will post an update as I will do it.

As usual, I've posted this review also in my blog, LiB Pens. Please feel free to leave comments there too :)

Edited by LostInBrittany, 17 July 2012 - 10:14.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 12:47

Love red dragon

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 01:56

I got a sample from a fellow FPN member and my search for a great red was over. I love Red Dragon! Not too brown, not too orange, just the right shade. I agree it tends to bleed through in wetter pens, but I can easily forgive that for the great color it has.

Nice concise review!
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Posted 25 July 2012 - 17:40

Great review, thank you. This is a gorgeous, deep colour. I love the way it dries. I want to try it in a fine nib and see how it behaves.
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#5 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 21:21

looks like a rust red, but I really like it. thanks for sharing
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#6 IWantThat


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Posted 31 July 2012 - 00:45

One of my faves too! Great review :)

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:04

+1 for Red Dragon. A handful of days ago, I wrote a review as well (not as detailed as this one)...Mine is a bit more dramatic..LOL

Side note: I like your "Ink Sampler & Review Form." I might have to make one up for myself to use.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 03:03

Nice color and Thank You for doing this Review!


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Posted 09 August 2012 - 15:33

Always in the hunt for a good red. I will have to at least sample this one. Thanks.
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Posted 17 August 2012 - 17:06

I LOVE Red Dragon. I have it currently in a nice F nib Prera, and it's like writing with a needle in all senses of the word. I've got Monaco too and I much prefer the Dragon. Go figure ;)

+1 for Red Dragon. A handful of days ago, I wrote a review as well (not as detailed as this one)...Mine is a bit more dramatic..LOL

Side note: I like your "Ink Sampler & Review Form." I might have to make one up for myself to use.

~ Topher

I believe that's the review form pinned at the top of the Ink Reviews forum? Looks a lot more in depth than the basic one I made up for myself...

Edited by Plumdragon, 17 August 2012 - 17:08.

Beware of Dragons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup!

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